Visit of Swami Tejomayananda in Toronto

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By A Correspondent

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could re-question, re-evaluate and re-set priorities, goals and beliefs? From June 4th to June 9th, over 500 seekers came together on a purposeful evolutionary journey to be guided by the Bhagavad Gita: Our GPS on the Road Map of Life, to do just that.  Swami Tejomayananda, world-renowned spiritual master and head of the worldwide organization Chinmaya Mission, conducted a 6-day long lecture series at the Chinmaya Vedanta Heritage Center in Brampton, Ontario, featuring talks from Purusha Suktam and Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15. 

Experience Shared by: Sasmitaa Nadarajah *

Last month, I had been given one of the most profound experiences of my life; sitting in satsang, listening eagerly to the enticing voice of Swami Tejomayanandaji, the Global Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide. 

I have grown up with the pillars of the Vedas guiding me on every path I take in my life. Thanks to Swamini Shivapriyananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Toronto, it was my privilege to sit less than two metres away from Swami Tejomayanandaji.  Listening to his talks kept me in awe and feeling exuberantly fulfilled.  I had my questions answered and understood all that Guruji communicated to the audience.  We were able to hear his charming voice as he sung the Lord’s various names and bhajans.  Guruji’s silent moments, with him simply looking at each individual were filled with powerful energy.  

Swami Tejomayanandaji’s caring nature along with his childish and comical charisma is captivating and compels one to stop and listen.  People went to the lectures with a quest and stepped out nourished with the teachings from ancient texts and shlokas.  Each lecture was thought provoking, dynamic and each person could relate to the teachings.  The shlokas were broken down by each word and explained in-depth for the most fruitful learning experience. The audience not only consisted of seniors and adults but the young were equally eager to key-in to the explanations.

On the evening of June 7th, after a spectacular showcase presented by the children of Bal Vihar, Swami Tejomayanandaji inaugurated the first phase of the Greening of Chinmaya Shivalaya.  A total of 195 trees (white cedar, white spruce, silver maple, red maple and bur oak) along with 80 shrubs (chokeberry, grey dogwood, fragrant sumac and service berry) had been planted in the Shivalaya premises.  The project was guided and subsidized by The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority with the hope of supporting the environment and to beautify the Shivalaya.  This project will allow us to enjoy and value nature for as long as the trees continue to grow and thereafter.

If you are interested in joining other like-minded individuals on their quest to peace and happiness, enrolling your children in a structured curriculum of value education based on our ancient scriptures, or for any further information, please contact
905-913-2377 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

* Sasmitaa Nadarajah is a student of Rhetorics, Professional Writing and Digital Arts at the University of Waterloo.  Her interests include volunteering, writing, various forms of artistic design and sports.

JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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